How I’m Feeling This Week: Like the title says, I feel like a giant balloon! I feel like my stomach has increased dramatically since last week. A good friend saw Week 15’s update and commented: “you don’t even look like you’re pregnant – you just look like you had a giant pizza for dinner!”.
Well, if I didn’t look it then, I think I’m slowly starting to look it now. I’m even getting a few not so discreet stares from strangers. Amazing how much can change in a week… though at Week 16 Day 4, I’m already near the end of this week and nearing the beginning of Week 17! Maybe I should update earlier in the week…
This week, I’ve been getting slight cramps in the lower abdomen area every now and again. Sometimes they’re dull and other times they’re sharp, but none last for more than a few minutes at a time. At first I was a bit worried, but soon found out that it’s a very common symptom for women around this time. What I’m experiencing is something called Round Ligament Pains. It’s basically the pain that comes from the internal ligaments of my tummy stretching out to make room for the growing baby.
I hope you’re nice and comfy in there little one. It’s still your home for the next 5 months.
Random Fact: About 12 percent of women who carry a baby to term gain less than 16 pounds and about 20 percent gain more than 40 pounds.
Week 16 Day 4
Weighing in at: 126.5 lbs. Belly Size: 33.5 inches
What do you think? Is there a significant change?
BABY CHIN – WEEK 16
How Your Baby is Growing:
- Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he’s about the size of an avocado.
- His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been.
- His eyes have moved closer to the front of his head.
- His ears are close to their final position, too.
- The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren’t recognizable yet. He’s even started growing toenails. There’s a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.